Custom curtains and finding the perfect length.
Curtains are a key piece in any room, and they come in all shapes and sizes. So, how do you know what length is right for your custom curtains? Here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect length for your space.
When I work with clients who want custom curtains, we first need to decide what length they’d like. We discuss their goals and what we are trying to achieve, including how our selections will impact the overall look of the room.
How to know the perfect length.
Here are some guidelines to help determine the best length for your custom curtains:
If the fabric has an overwhelming pattern or strong colors and the room is small, we often decide not to extend the length to the floor. In this case we go few inches below the bottom of the trim. If we are using blackout curtains, I would suggest extending the length a bit longer to eliminate any light peeping out from the bottom. And sometimes shorter curtains are recommended for safety, i.e., if there is a heating register or because it is unsanitary to have full length drapes in a bathroom or kitchen. And sometimes shorter curtains are preferred when there are pets in the home, as it’s easier to keep the curtains clean.
Full length curtains
This is the most popular length. Most of our clients choose to have full length draperies, especially when they want to enhance the height of a room. If the curtains are functional – meaning that they open and close – my recommendation is to have them a half-inch to an inch above the floor. If the fabric has some stretch, we will allow a bit more space between the hem of the curtains and the floor; this way if the fabric stretches with humidity, it will not touch the floor. We generally allow enough gap to easily clean under the curtains without soiling the fabric.
Breaking on the floor
To have the curtains break on the floor, we add couple of inches of fabric to the finished length to allow the curtains to break nicely. This is especially preferred for stationary drapery panels that do not open or close. This elegant length adds richness to a room.
When puddling drapes, we add about ten inches of fabric (or more) to the finished length of the drapery panels. The draperies will beautifully puddle on the floor, adding a touch of poise and luxury. Puddling requires an installer with artistic hands to shape and dress the panels and make them look like an exquisite evening gown! I do not recommend this length when our clients have pets, as they can attract the animals to use the drapes as a day bed, or even something worse.
Still have questions about your custom curtains?
If you’re still unsure of the perfect length for your custom curtains, don’t worry! You can always schedule a consultation with designer Susan Gailani. She will work with you to find the best solution for your needs and help you choose the perfect fabric and length for your home. So what are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation today!